The Super Eagles of Nigeria were defeated 2-1 by the Desert Foxes of Algeria in a friendly match on Tuesday.
Nigeria surrendered an early game lead and got punished by the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria.
Jose Peseiro entered the game with depleted attacking options as Victor Osimhen and Sadiq Umar were out battling injuries.
With limited options, he sent Terem Moffi as the lone striker with Kelechi Iheanacho as the creative cog between the attack and midfield that had Alex Iwobi, Frank Onyenka and flanked by Moses Simon and Ademola Lookman.
The Eagles began the game the hungrier of both sides, pouring forward in numbers and purpose.
The team then took the lead in the 8th minute after the ball bounced awkwardly into the path of Terem Moffi right in front of the Algeria goal mouth. The FC Lorient striker toed the ball home to send the Eagles ahead.
The home side almost replied immediately after Zaidu Sanusi headed waywardly, setting Youcef Bilaili on goal.
Although Bilaili pushed the ball beyond a prone Uzoho, Riyad Mahrez could only hit the side of the post from the ensuing scrap-up.
It could have been two nil in the 28th minute after Mustapha Zengha spilled Iheanacho’s shot in the path of Moffi, who teed up Lookman — but the latter was ruled offside after putting the ball into the net.
Iheanacho called the goalkeeper into action, sending two successive shots into his palms.
The home team began exerting themselves in the game, with Uzoho forced to save two freekicks.
Mahrez and Islam Slimani bombarded Sanusi on the right side of the Eagles’ defence as cracks began to manifest.
The pressure paid off for Algeria in the 40th minute. Ramy Bensebaini reacted quickest to a rebound off a shot, and Onyeka dived into a tackle only to take the Algerian down.
Mahrez sent Uzoho the wrong way from the resultant penalty.
Desert Foxes completed the comeback in the 60th minute after Uzoho punched a corner kick and a couple of passes set it nicely for Youcef Attal, who sent 35-yard piledriver flying into the left bottom corner.
The result means Peseiro has lost three of his six games as Nigeria’s coach. The first two defeats were against Mexico and Ecuador.
Nigeria will play Portugal next in an international friendly billed for November 17.
Watch the moment Samuel Eto’o attacked a cameraman outside World Cup stadium
Samuel Eto’o, the former Cameroonian footballer, has been captured attacking a cameraman outside a stadium at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
In the viral footage, Eto’o, who is the president of the Cameroon Football Association, could be seen leaving Stadium 974 following the conclusion of the second-round match between Brazil and Korea on Monday.
The video initially shows the 41-year-old gleefully indulging fans’ demand for selfies and snapshots.
An unknown man with a hand-held camera and microphone approaches Eto’o with some questions.
Shortly, the footage cuts to the four-time African footballer of the year becoming hostile and being held back by his entourage.
He eventually wrestles himself free from the pacifiers and charges toward the cameraman, who is now bending down.
Leader Joe 1808 Foundation Launches Golf Tournament For Students
A Non-profit organization, Leader Joe 1808 Foundation, says it has launched a campaign to get pupils back to school through a golf competition tagged “Golf Junior Championship: Empowering Young Minds”
Speaking to Daily Trust on the competition, founder of the Leader Joe 1808 Foundation, Joseph Onus said the aim of the tournament is to provide quality Education in Primary and Secondary schools.
He said “The Back to School projects have been carried out in FCT- Abuja, Kaduna and Sokoto with Borno state in the pipeline.
“As part of our structure, the introduction of a Junior Golf Championship program is a carefully thought out decision solely focused on continuously promoting peace and education through sports especially through the Golf Championship Scholarship programs as this will reduce the large number of out of school children and engage their minds for a better future.
“The Junior Golf Championship program is created to connect young golfers from all parts of Nigeria and beyond. Our goal is to provide youths with a premier golf experience, encourage and support their education through the provision of scholarship opportunities.”
Onus added that the championship would promote unity and build a greater understanding among golfers of different cultures and values adding that the event which would be hosted by T.Y.B. Golf Club Abuja, from December 16 to 18, 2022 will attract 120 junior golfers from 36 states including the FCT.
Hospitalized football icon Pele says he’s ‘strong, with a lot of hope’
Brazilian football legend Pele said on Saturday that he feels “strong, with a lot of hope” despite medical problems that have kept the 82-year-old sports icon in the hospital with a respiratory infection.
Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, was hospitalized earlier this week amid ongoing colon cancer treatments.
“My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive,” Pele said in an Instagram post. “I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual.”
Doctors treating Pele said earlier Saturday that the Brazilian legend remained “stable,” with his condition not having deteriorated over the last day.
Pele “has had a good response to care without any worsening in the clinical picture in the last 24 hours,” doctors at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement.
Doctors made no reference to media reports earlier on Saturday that the three-time World Cup winner was receiving end-of-life care.
Pele was admitted to hospital earlier this week for what doctors said was a “re-evaluation” of the chemotherapy he has been undergoing since surgery to remove a colon tumor in September last year.
At the ongoing World Cup in Qatar, players expressed their support for Pele.
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